This morning Samsung announced their new flagship NX-1 camera and a 50-150 mm F2.8 S lens at Photokina in Cologne, Germany. Set to be available on October 15 at a price of $1,499 (body only), the mirrorless pro-level NX1 is already receiving rave reviews on features that will continue to tempt Canon, Nikon, Pentax, and Sony users to ditch their DSLR in favor of mirrorless.
Some of the features include:
- 28.2 megapixel APS-C BSI CMOS Sensor
- 3” tilt display with touch panel
- Electronic viewfinder (EVF) with Eye Contact Sensor
- 4K UHD video
- NTS, PAL, and HDMI video output
- Built in flash
- External microphone
- Magnesium cover body
- Dust and splash resistant
Gorgeous images of the fastest action
The sensor is designed for capturing fast action allowing photographers to quickly “focus on subjects, making this camera ideal for photographing a football player as they run down the field or baseball action at home plate.” The 15 frames per second and continuous tracking makes this a perfect camera for capturing the action for parents looking to capture every exciting moment from their kids’ sporting events to professional games.
Wide Phase Detection will also provide the ability to track subjects anywhere in the frame, regardless of their location to capture the fleeting moments without having to re-compose the shot. Extreme speed and flexibility comes from the ability to simply focus and shoot, a welcome feature for shooting UHD/4K video too.
Connect quickly and geotag photos automatically
One of the many things I love about my Samsung NX cameras is how easy it is to share and upload photos on the go thanks to SMART Camera technology. Just like previous models like the NX300, NXMini, and NX3000, the NX1 features Near Field Communication (NFC) and Wi-Fi capabilities for easy sharing.
Here’s a look at the SMART Camera technology that even the non-tech savvy will love:
- ‘Tag & Go’ function lets users tap and share memories instantly and easily, pairing the NX1 with NFC enabled smartphones and tablets.
- Bluetooth 3.0 for an always-connected experience with a mobile device. The Bluetooth connection also allows the NX1 to collect important time, date and location data and automatically imports it into the image’s metadata. Once authenticated, the connection will automatically switch to a Wi-Fi connection for data transfer.
- Photo Beam allows the transfer of images or videos to a smartphone or tablet by simply touching the two devices together with no other configuration needed.
- MobileLink lets users select multiple images to send to four distinct smart devices at one time, so everyone can treasure photos without the need to take repetitive shots on each individual device.
- AutoShare sends every photo you take instantly to your smartphone or tablet.
- Remote Viewfinder Pro function enables control of the NX1 from a smartphone, allowing the user to zoom and snap shots remotely yet still have full visibility of the scene.
- Manual settings can still be accessed, including shutter speed and aperture, so that photographers can retain camera control yet have another option as to how they want to frame their shot.
Some early words praising the Samsung NX1
“Specification highlights should give you an idea of Samsung’s ambitions for this camera: not only does it feature the largest BSI sensor we’ve ever seen but also the highest pixel count on that format. Just as importantly, it incorporates one of the most extensive on-sensor phase detection systems we’ve seen. This, along with the magnesium alloy body and top-plate LCD info display, makes it clear that Samsung wants its NX system to compete with the best APS-C models on the market.” – DPReview
“Samsung drops the gloves and fires a shot across the bow of more entrenched manufacturers like Canon, Nikon, Pentax and Sony with the introduction of the Samsung NX1, the company’s first truly pro-level NX body.” – Imaging-Resource
“Samsung NX1 Might Be the Best Mirrorless Yet…Mirrorless cameras have improved by leaps and bounds over the past few years, especially in regards to autofocus performance. Samsung’s first true flagship NX mirrorless camera, the NX1, looks to be—on paper at least—the best one yet.” – Jim Fisher, PCMag
“The company’s new flagship far outstrips any camera it has ever made, with a bevy of pro-ready features and enough horsepower to out-muscle your DSLR.” – TJ Donegan, Reviewed.com
“The NX1 boasts a host of new technologies and features that serious shutterbugs and amateur photogs alike should appreciate.” – Dan Howley, Yahoo! Tech
For full reviews, take a look at any of these just-published pieces:
- CNET: Samsung NX1 offers enthusiasts 4K video, 15fps and advanced autofocus for $1,500
- DPReview: Samsung NX1 First Impressions Review
- Engadget: Samsung’s new flagship NX1 shoots 28.2-megapixel stills and 4K video
- Gizmodo: Samsung NX1: A 4K Video Chomping, 28-Megapixel Camera In a Compact Body
- Imaging-Resource: Pro camera market has a new player: Samsung NX1 mirrorless shoots 15 fps with AF, and 4K video too
- Imaging Resource: Samsung NX1 Review — First Impressions
- PCMag: Samsung NX1 Might Be the Best Mirrorless Yet
- Reviewed.com: Samsung’s NX Camera Lineup Gets Serious With Pro NX1
- Slashgear: Samsung NX1 SMART Camera gets 28MP and 4K video
- TheNextWeb – Samsung unveils its new flagship NX1 camera for photo pros
- TheVerge: Samsung’s NX1 Smart Camera is a speed demon hoping to charm the pros
- Tom’s Guide: Samsung Targets Photo Pros with NX1 Mirrorless Camera
- Yahoo! Tech: Samsung NX1 Smart Camera Offers Fast Auto Focus, Wi-FI Connectivity
Pricing of the NX1 will be $1,499 for the body only, $2,799 for the NX1 with the 16-50mm f/2.0-2.8. Both are currently available from Amazon for pre-order with a release date set for October 15, 2014.
So if you haven’t yet had the chance to #DitchtheDSLR, might these specs and reviews tempt you make the switch?
I am a Samsung #Imagelogger and receive cameras and lenses in exchange for my participation in the program. All opinions are my own and no compensation has been received. Amazon Affiliate links are included in this post.